Mayors and Councillors joined friends and family of Gad’s Hill at a charity garden party in the school grounds.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham, Councillor Greta Goatley and Mrs Victoria Bance, hosted the event to raise funds for a local children’s hospice and nearby dementia support group.

More than 80 guests, including Councillors and Mayors from across the county, as well as neighbours and Gad’s parents, were invited to the afternoon event.

It was held on the picturesque lawn of Charles Dickens’ former home, now a school for children aged between 3-16.

Headmaster David Craggs said:  “It is an honour to be part of such a worthy cause for our community.

“To see so many people working together to benefit those who need help the most is inspirational for our children and I look forward to supporting the Mayor in future fund raising activities.”

Music student Isabelle Benson, 11, from Kings Hill, provided entertainment on the marimba, and representatives from The Charles Dickens Centre Charitable Trust gave tours of the house.

All proceeds from the day will go directly to Ellenor children’s and young adults hospice and the Alzheimers & Dementia Support Services.

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